Screenwriter Events

See the latest screenwriter events this year including film festivals, writers groups and more.

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

The Two Types of TV Stories

I used to lament the fact that so many network series focus on cops, lawyers, and/or doctors. I tried pitching and developing multiple series about other kinds of workplaces. I felt, like many aspiring television writers do, that there are many different kinds of job challenges that could make for compelling television. But in...

Screenwriting Polygamy

Back to the Chalkboard: Screenwriting Polygamy

It’s a Sin! No manager or agent will represent you. No studio or producer will buy your script. You must build your brand and be consistent! You must not confuse the very smart, often Ivy League-educated people who run production companies, studios, and networks! You must either write alone or with a writing partner,...

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How to Write a Comic Book Script

A comic book script is a set of instructions for the artist and the letterer. It’s intended to present the mechanics of your story with the greatest possible clarity. Adhering to a precise format, as in screenwriting, is not necessary. When you write a comic book script, you don’t have to worry about using...

SDCC How to Write a TV Pilot panel

TV Writer Podcast 085 – How to Write a TV Pilot

Couldn’t make it to Gray’s How To Write a TV Pilot panel at Comic-Con this year? No problem! Here is the complete video, including Q & A. Click image to play video; more details are below. CONTEST/EXTRAS LINK: http://tvwriterpodcast.com/pilot Have you ever thought of a perfect idea for a TV series? Find out how...

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Advanced Scene Writing Q&A with Jim Mercurio

ScriptMag sat down with Jim Mercurio, who is finishing up the first-ever screenwriting book that focuses solely on scene writing. Jim Mercurio Q: How is writing scenes different from working on story structure? Jim Mercurio: In some ways, they are the same. In a scene, there needs to be an organic build up to...

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Writing Dialogue: Beats of the Dead Horse

Don’t miss Jim Mercurio’s webinar on Advanced Scene Writing: Breaking the Rules with Style on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 1:00PM PDT. When I dove into a theoretical approach to teaching and writing dialogue, I was pleasantly surprised that although writing dialogue seems in some ways contrary to structure, the way to improve it...

Writing a Documentary Film

Writing a Documentary Film With No Rules

By Susan Kouguell Writing a documentary… Want to learn how? Register for Susan’s upcoming Screenwriters University class, starting August 28, 2014. There is no “right or wrong” way  when it comes to writing a documentary film. Sounds easy then, right? Well–wrong! While there are no set screenwriting rules for writing a documentary script, it...